A History of Life in 100 Fossils

A History of Life in 100 Fossils cover

Paul D. Taylor and Aaron O’Dea

This is the epic story of life on Earth, uniquely retold through some of the most significant fossils ever found.

ISBN:
978 0 565 09347 1
Format:
Hardback
Price:
£20.00
Published:
September 2014
Size:
278 x 218 mm
Extent:
224 pp
Illustrations:
Over 100 colour photographs
Publisher:
Natural History Museum

Details

A History of Life in 100 Fossils brings together remarkable fossil discoveries to illustrate how life on Earth evolved. 

The book travels through 3.5 billion years of Earth’s history and across all seven continents, showcasing the unusual and wonderful creatures that have played a pivotal role in our evolutionary past. 

Readers will discover:

  • Ancient Australian microbes that reveal the very first signs of life on Earth
  • Tiny Triassic snails which demonstrate the effects of past mass extinctions
  • The remains of our own ancestors and where we came from

Palaeontologists Paul D. Taylor and Aaron O’Dea explain the importance of each fossil and tell the engaging stories of the sharp-eyed and sharp-witted people who discovered them. 

Each fossil is beautifully illustrated with photographs to bring this unique story to life.

Coming to our online shop in September 2014.

See inside

Look inside this book to get an idea of its content.

Pages from A History of Life in 100 Fossils

Pages from A History of Life in 100 Fossils.

Pages from A History of Life in 100 Fossils

Pages from A History of Life in 100 Fossils.

Pages from A History of Life in 100 Fossils

Pages from A History of Life in 100 Fossils.

Pages from A History of Life in 100 Fossils

Pages from A History of Life in 100 Fossils.

Pages from A History of Life in 100 Fossils

Pages from A History of Life in 100 Fossils.

Pages from A History of Life in 100 Fossils

Pages from A History of Life in 100 Fossils.

About the authors

Paul D. Taylor has worked in the Earth Sciences Department at the Natural History Museum, London for 35 years, heading the Invertebrate and Plants division between 1990 and 2003. His research focuses on fossil and living bryozoans, with subsidiary interests in evolution, palaeoecology and fossil folklore. He is the author of Fossil Invertebrates.

Aaron O’Dea is a palaeobiologist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. He uses the fossil record to understand the drivers of evolution and to reconstruct what Caribbean reefs were like before humans. Aaron has a broad passion for exploring, understanding and communicating the history of life in the tropics.

Buy fossil books online

Fossils - The Key to the Past book

Visit the online shop to find titles about the latest fossil evidence. Find out how we know about dinosaurs and the history of life on Earth.

You can also buy other books, DVDs and lots of gifts inspired by the natural world.

Go shopping

Share this
Cartoon image of a snake disappearing through closing door

Last year nearly 100,000 specimens were loaned to scientific institutions and researchers worldwide.